The Life of JaWS

A blog by Jason Sansbury

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Movie Review: World's Fastest Indian

I have long been a fan of Anthony Hopkins and for the most part, he does a remarkable job in picking films that allow him to use his acting skills in amazing ways. The film The World's Fastest Indian is no exception to that rule.

In the film, Hopkins plays real-life New Zealander Burt Munro and his quest to set a world landspeed record on his 1920s motorcyle, an Indian. It is a really well done film that demonstrates the determination Munro had and the adventures he had on his quest.

Set in the early 1960s, the movie is a bit preachy at times. For instance, Munro has an encounter with a soldier home from Vietnam that is a bit over the top in terms of its "We all know that doesn't turn out well" node to the film's modern audience. But on the whole I did enjoy the movie, the roles played and the true life nature of it. I definitely recommend it. IMDB gives it 8.1, which in this case, I think it pretty on the money.


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